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Parliamentary questions
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21 October 2020
Priority question for written answer P-005722/2020
to the Council
Rule 138
Emmanouil Fragkos (ECR)
 Subject: Supply of German submarines to Turkey

The failure of the UN, the EU and NATO to uphold international law effectively, leaving the strongest to prevail, has been evidenced by the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, the violent secession of Kosovo from Serbia, the continuing occupation of Cyprus, the reversal of fortunes in the Libyan war and the de facto dominance of Turkey in northern Syria and Iraq.

The escalation of Turkish aggression is not being prevented by those theoretically responsible for safeguarding the rule of law. It is instead being contained only by meeting force with force as a deterrent, for example in the Aegean, where the balance is being maintained by superior Greek underwater defences and its mastery of the skies.

It would of course take more than a European Council balancing act to prevent arms supplies effectively tipping the scales in Turkey’s favour and concrete preventive measures will be needed to counter its constant gung ho revisionism.

In response to numerous confirmed reports of Turkish aggression, the US has cancelled a delivery of F35 combat aircraft and Canada has announced an arms embargo.

Despite this, Germany is still planning to provide it with six state-of-the-art submarines.

Does the Council intend to prevent this by invoking the fourth recital of Council Common Position 2008/944/CFSP to the effect that Member States are determined to prevent the export of military technology and equipment which might be used for international aggression or contribute to regional instability?

Original language of question: EL
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